Content Delivery

So far, it feels like 2016 has been the year of video streaming. All the big tech giants have either launched, or are launching, their own video services of one kind or another. Twitter is pushing video more and more. Facebook added live streaming and gaming streaming. And YouTube will be adding live streaming to its apps. Of course, video has been around for a long...

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It was supposed to be a huge superhero blockbuster. But Batman vs. Superman turned out to be anything but a hit. After an amazing opening week, the movie went into free-fall in its second week, taking in 68% less revenue. Second weeks are always less than the first you’re thinking. And you’re right, but few fall so dramatically in one week as did the eagerly anticipated...

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samsung gear vr headset

Would you pass up the opportunity to get a free virtual reality headset? I couldn’t. Not long ago, I got my brand new Samsung Gear VR, for free, as part of a promotion for the Galaxy S7. It took several months to arrive, but when it did, I felt the need to document the occasion with an unboxing video. [embed]https://youtu.be/lchKGKjBlpg[/embed] The Gear VR really is cool. But it isn’t...

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There’s been a lot written about cord cutters and how over-the-top (OTT) programming is going to replace broadcast platforms like Sky, BT, or Virgin. OTT is the delivery of TV or movies online through (or “over”) another device like a gaming system or smart TV using a service like Netflix. But is watching your favourite TV show through your Xbox One using Netflix or HBO Go,...

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If you’ve used iMovie to create videos, you may have noticed the option for “Ken Burns Enabled”. It’s a feature that lets you control a still image almost as if it were a video clip. Technically it’s quite simple – just a matter of panning and zooming – but the end effect can be quite striking. Ken Burns is an American documentarian – he makes documentary...

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As mobile usage continues to grow, the networks are doing their best to keep up. But not all of them are equal, at least according to a new report from Ofcom. The organisation evaluated the major mobile network operators (MNOs) in five major UK cities. The big news reported on many websites was which MNO came out “the best” in the report. The networks included...

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It isn't any secret that younger generations tend to adopt technology much faster than the older ones. They drive the adoption and advances that everyone, eventually, will enjoy at some point. This seems especially true when it comes to mobile devices and mobile video. A recent NPD study, Smartphone and Tablet Usage Report, revealed 81% of US smartphone users stream video on their mobiles. They also...

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Netflix has been in the news a lot lately. Not all of it has been good. They've been accused of violating net neutrality and losing most of their catalog. But they've also reached some milestones in the UK and have an Internet-busting amount of movies to stream. People’s viewing behavior has changed rapidly in the last decade, and Netflix is the leading example of how that...

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on demand streaming - pre-recorded video

If you've watched video on many websites, chances are you've used JW Player. Unlike a YouTube video, JW Player is integrated into a website which gives the owner more control over how it looks and what it plays. They reportedly have over a billion unique streams a month making them the most popular private video player online. Why a private player With so many public video platforms...

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In the technical world of online video streaming there are many confusing terms. Here’s a look at four acronyms that you’re likely to see being bandied about online. There’s no need for confusion as the explanation below will show. VSP – Video Streaming Provider or Video Service Provider Unfortunately, VSP is one of those terms that can mean different things depending on context. The most common usage...

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